A compelling documentary short by Berlin-based director Dan Braga Ulvestad (previously featured here). “By the River” sheds light on the so-called ‘death hotels’ in one of the holiest of India’s seven sacred cities. Varanasi stretches along the river Ganges. It is a place where devout Hindus go to die in hopes of achieving ‘moksha’ (liberation from the cycle of rebirth). Believers abandon their lives to come here and wait for death, some for as long as 40 years.


Director: Dan Braga Ulvestad
Producer: Charu Menon
DOP: Caleb Ware
In association with Heckler
Executive Producers: Charu Menon, Jamie Watson, Will Alexander, Media Stockade
Financed in association with Screen Australia
Editor: Andrew Holmes
Colourist: Greg Constantaras
Assistant Editor: Adrian Maurici
Production Company (India): ShotReady Productions
Line Producer (India): Siddharth Bhavnani
Production Manager (India) Neha Gowda
Assistant Camera: Esteban Rivera
Original Music Score: Dustin Lau
Sound Design: Rubin Henkel & Nylon Studios
Re-Recording Mixer: Casimir von Oettingen


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